Just two days have passed and my return here has shown all the specimens have grown considerably and are now on their last stages before decomposition will set in. Some were perfect spheres, and today they are breaking up and displaying their gills and dispersing their spores.

Although this is not a “perfect” specimen as it has a cap with a crack, curves and bends now, it is a beautiful and vital specimen. The uneven cap is likely caused by resistance from a root or some other material as it was pushing its way out of the ground.

Soon it will have spread its spores and the beauty will decompose and vanish, yet it is underground its life really is.

Elevation: 58 meters

  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/30 s

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